The Nikon COOLPIX AW100 may be the point-and-shoot camera you are seeking if you must operate in more extreme conditions than you might feel comfortable bringing your camera to or you may just not have the proper housing to set your digital Single Lens Reflex (dSLR) up for underwater shots or wet weather work.
The AW100 is made by Nikon for that type of work. It is certified waterproof to 33 feet; shockproof in a five-foot drop, and operational down to 14-degrees (understand that at this temperature, though, your camera's battery life is severely compromised; it is the nature of battery technology).
Where the AW100 shines is not only in the wide breadth of its operation (cold to heat) but also in the range at which it shoots. Using a Nikkor-developed and built glass lens, the AW100 offers a standard 5X zoom feature which means that you can take some fairly detailed long-range images with absolutely no shake as the auto stabilization kicks in at longer focal lengths and cuts out any camera shake or blur.
The AW100 also offers GPS so that you know where the photo was taken as well as the time it was taken. Oversized rear controls mean you can easily adjust the camera settings during cold weather so that you can easily take photos and change setting as your lighting or special effects needs change. For example, let's say you one wanted to highlight a subject's face, then you can easily do that with the oversized rear-mounted controls. A bright three-inch display lets you view the image you are setting up and with the right application of zoom you can easily change the framing of the image quickly.
The AW100 offers truly quick reactions to lighting changes and, in automatic mode, if you are shooting a video, you have plenty of memory capacity available as it will handle a standard SDCH 16 GB storage card. This should give you, at normal 30 fps, about two to three hours of video.
Capable of operating at native High Definition mode, you can easily see the results of your shoot with the proper adapter cable and high-definition monitor. The AW100 is a lower cost way of shooting action photos as it is only 6 x 7 x 4 inches and weighs only 1.9 pounds.
By the way, it also records the location information should you need it. The AW100 is a fine way of handling things if you are looking for quick and reliable video whether stills or videography. You won't go wrong if you add this to your gadget bag.
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